Forbes is an American business magazine owned by Forbes, Inc. Published biweekly, it features original articles on finance, industry, investing, and marketing topics. Forbes also reports on related subjects such as technology, communications, science, and law. Its headquarters are in New York City. Primary competitors in the national business magazine category are Fortune and Bloomberg Businessweek. The magazine is well known for its lists and rankings, including its lists of the richest Americans (the Forbes 400) and rankings of world’s top companies (the Forbes Global 2000). The motto of Forbes magazine is “The Capitalist Tool“. Its chairman and editor-in-chief is Steve Forbes, and its CEO is Mike Perlis.
B.C. Forbes, a financial columnist for the Hearst papers, and his partner Walter Drey, the general manager of the Magazine of Wall Street, founded Forbes magazine in 1917. Forbes provided the money and the name and Drey provided the publishing expertise. The original name of the magazine was Forbes: Devoted to Doers and Doings. Drey became vice-president of the B.C. Forbes Publishing Company, while B.C. Forbes became editor-in-chief, a post he held until his death in 1954. B.C. Forbes was assisted in his later years by his two eldest sons, Bruce Charles Forbes (1916–1964) and Malcolm Stevenson Forbes (1917–1990).
Bruce Forbes took over on his father’s death, and his strengths lay in streamlining operations and developing marketing. During his tenure, 1954–1964, the magazine’s circulation nearly doubled.
On Malcolm’s death, his eldest son Malcolm Stevenson Forbes Jr. (1947–) became President and Chief Executive of Forbes and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes magazine. Between 1961 and 1999 the magazine was edited by James Michaels. In 1993, under Michaels, Forbes was a finalist for the National Magazine Award. In 2006, an investment group Elevation Partners that includes rock star Bono bought a minority interest in the company. A 2009 New York Times report said: “40 percent of the enterprise was sold … for a reported $300 million, setting the value of the enterprise at $750 million. According to Mark M. Edmiston of AdMedia Partners, ‘It’s probably not worth half of that now.'”In November 2013, Forbes Media, which publishes Forbes magazine, was put up for sale. This was encouraged by Elevation Partners, of whom were minority shareholders.
In January 2010, Forbes reached an agreement to sell its headquarters building located on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan to New York University. Terms of the deal were not publicly reported, but Forbes will continue to occupy the space under a five-year sale-leaseback arrangement. The headquarters will move to the Newport section of Jersey City in 2014. Forbes committed to staying in New Jersey for ten years, for which it received a $27 million tax grant from the state.
Apart from Forbes and its lifestyle supplement, Forbes Life, other titles include Forbes Asia and fifteen local language editions. Steve Forbes and his magazine’s writers offer investment advice on the weekly Fox TV show Forbes on Fox and on Forbes On Radio. Other company groups include Forbes Conference Group, Forbes Investment Advisory Group and Forbes Custom Media. From the 2009 Times report: “Steve Forbes recently returned from opening up a Forbes magazine in India, bringing the number of foreign editions to 10.” In addition, that year the company began publishing ForbesWoman, a quarterly magazine published by Steve Forbes’ daughter, Moira Forbes, with a companion Web site.
The company formerly published American Legacy magazine as a joint venture, although that magazine separated from Forbes as of May 14, 2007.
The company also formerly published American Heritage and Invention & Technology magazines. After failing to find a buyer, Forbes suspended publication of these two magazines as of May 17, 2007. Both magazines have since been purchased by the American Heritage Publishing Company, and have resumed publication as of Spring 2008.
Forbes has published the Forbes Travel Guide since 2009.
On January 6, 2014, Forbes Magazine announced that, in partnership with app creator Maz, it was launching a social networking app called “Stream”. Stream allows Forbes readers to save and share visual content with other readers and discover content from Forbes magazine and Forbes.com within the app.
David Churbuck founded Forbes ’ Web site in 1996. The site, like the magazine, publishes many lists focusing on billionaires and their possessions, especially expensive homes, a critical aspect of the website’s apparent popularity. Forbes.com employs the slogan “Home Page For The World’s Business Leaders” and sometimes claims to be the world’s most widely visited business web site.
The company’s current chief executive officer is Mike Perlis; the current chief product officer is Lewis D’vorkin; the current editor of the magazine is Randall Lane.
Forbes.com also publishes subscription investment newsletters, and an online guide to web sites, Best of the Web.
Forbes.com is part of Forbes Digital, a division of Forbes Media LLC. Forbes’ holdings include a portion of Real Clear Politics. Together these sites reach more than 27 million unique visitors each month.
Forbes currently allows advertisers to publish blog posts on its website alongside regular editorial content through a program called AdVoice, which accounts for more than 10 percent its digital revenue. The website also uses a “contributor model” in which a wide network of “contributors” writes and publishes articles directly on the website. Contributors are paid based on traffic to their Forbes.com pages; the site has received contributions from over 2,500 individuals, and some contributors have earned over US$100,000, according to the company.